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Showing posts with label XAML. Show all posts

How to get rid of the XAML Design view inside Visual Studio IDE?

If you work in XAML pages, sometime you might noticed that the XAML page freezes for sometime while opening the page in design view. This is very annoying and many time it is responsible to crash the Visual Studio IDE. So what to do?

 

If you use Expression Blend to design the XAML page or don't want to open the XAML in design view, this small tip will help you to improve the performance of the IDE. Read more to know.



Use Expression Blend to change the Layout Type Efficiently

Many time we need to change the layout type of any panel present inside the page. This is mainly a designers job but sometime developers need to change them on their requirement. In that case, people need to find out the start and end tag of the panel and change them accordingly. This is little bit a tricky process.

 

In this post, I am going to share you the easy process to switch between different layout types. If you are a designer or using Expression Blend, you are already familiar with it. But for a newbie, I think it will be a great help.


How to Create a Different Circular Loader using XAML?

Custom Loader

Last Wednesday (July 6th 2011) we explored a way to create a Circular loader using XAML without writing any line in the code behind file. Lot of you gave a good feedback and discussed various findings on the same.

 

I did some more investigation to create a different type of circular loader which you can include in your Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone 7 applications where you are using XAML code. In this article, I will be guiding to create similar kind of Circular loader as shown above. This will be more simple than the previous one. Let's start our discussion and create one loader like this.


How to Categorize Control Properties for XAML View inside Blend and Visual Studio?

If you are a XAML designer and creating controls for Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 or WPF, you may come in some situation that the custom properties for the controls are not properly organized by the developers. If you come into such situation forward this link to the developers and they may find it useful.

 

In this article, we will learn how to well organize the custom properties of your control so that, designers can easily search in appropriate location. Read to know more about it.


How to Create a Circular Loader using XAML?

Circular Loader

Sometime we need to show a circular loader in WPF and/or Silverlight. We may need it in Windows Phone 7 too. In simple statement, we need to show a circular loader in various XAML applications like Silverlight, WP7 and WPF.

 

In this article, we will learn how to create a Circular Loader as shown in the screenshot. I will not use a single line of C# code to create this loader. Everything will be in the XAML file itself to keep the code behind file clean. Read to know more about it step-by-step and after reading this article, you will be able to create and use a circular loader like this. Source code is also available for download at the end of the page. Feel free to use it.


A Solution for Binding Silverlight DataGrid Columns to 2nd Level Collection

Supreet Tare posted a thread on MSDN Forum to help him binding a 2nd Level Collection in Silverlight DataGrid control. As he didn't find any good solution there, he asked me on Twitter to give a solution to him for the same. I did a small investigation and came up with a solution for him.

 

In this post, I am going to describe the problem, as well as solution to this. Hope this solution will be helpful to you too and hence sharing in my blog. Read more to find out the solution.



Silverlight 5 Features Ancestor Relative Source Binding

Silverlight 5 has another new feature called Ancestor Relative source binding. It was already available in WPF and has been newly introduced in Silverlight 5 beta. Using this, you can now bind to the relative ancestor elements very easily.

 

Let's discuss it with a small example where we will create a Control Template for a Button and bind it's Tag property to the actual element to display text, instead of setting the Content property. Read to know more.


Text Searching in Silverlight 5 ComboBox and ListBox

Do you know that, we can now search text present in ComboBox and ListBox? This feature was not available in earlier version of Silverlight. To implement it, we had to write custom behavior. Now if you are using Silverlight 5, you can easily use this feature without writing any piece of code.

 

In this Tip we will discuss about it. We don't have to add any extra code, because it is now the default behavior of those control. Read to know more.


Binding on Style Setter in Silverlight 5

Continuing to our discussion on Silverlight 5 features. In earlier post, we discussed about Text Advancement in Silverlight 5. In this post, we will discuss on another new feature called Binding on Style Setter. This feature is very useful for the XAML designer. If you are a XAML designer, you must be aware of this cool new feature.

 

Read the complete post where we will discuss how we can bind to a Style Setter.


Multi Column Text support in Silverlight 5

Silverlight 5 has now support for Multi Column Text. By using this feature you will be able to show your text content in column wise. If you are working for a news publisher company or want to publish your text content in column format, this feature will help you definitely. If you implemented this in your application, your text content will automatically position itself in next column if user resizes the application.

 

So, want to learn about it? Let's discuss on it with a simple example. Read to know more.


What is Line Stacking Strategy in Silverlight TextBlock control?

Do you aware of the Line Stacking Strategy of Silverlight TextBlock control? If not, this post will help you to understand it and after that you will be able to use it whenever require.

 

So, what is this strategy? Was it available in earlier version of Silverlight or a new feature implemented in Silverlight 5? Let us discuss it in depth.



What is Character Spacing in Silverlight 5 Controls

There are many new feature announced to support Text advancements in Silverlight 5 Beta. Among them, one is the character spacing. This feature adds spacing between characters inside a TextBlock, RichTextBox and other control elements.

 

In this post we will demonstrate the use of this new feature and also showcase a simple demo to make you understand better. Read it and start learning Silverlight 5 features.


Formatting text in Silverlight XAML using StringFormat

In my latest two tips we have seen that we can customize the string using Run, Span tags as well as StringFormat in the XAML page. What about if I want to format it for proper DateTime, Currency or Numeric style? As I told you in my last post that, we can achieve the same using the StringFormat parameter in XAML too.

 

Here in this post, I will demonstrate you the process in depth. Read to know more about it and make your life more comfortable designing your Silverlight application.


Tips: Concatenating strings in Silverlight XAML using StringFormat

Yesterday in this post "Tips: Formatting Silverlight TextBlock Control", I shown you how to use various tags like Run, Span, Bold, Italic and Underline to format the text of TextBlock control, present in your XAML code. I also described the use of Run to bind multiple strings inside a TextBlock control.

 

Today in this small post, I will show you a different method to concatenate multiple text content inside a single control. This tip will help you next time while doing the same. Read to know more.


Tips: Formatting Silverlight TextBlock Control

In general we use multiple TextBlock controls inside a StackPanel to format a single line. In this post I will show you a different way to format a single line. This is very useful if you want to bind any data in the middle of the text string. Also this is useful if you want to format the line with multiple formatting option. Read to know more about it.


What is AppManifest.xaml in Silverlight?

Many of you don't aware of it in depth, mainly the freshers who just started doing their hands dirty with the light of Silver. In this post I am going to describe you about AppManifest.xaml file and it's uses in depth. Read the complete post to know more about it.

 

Don't forget to leave your feedback and/or any queries at the end of this post. Appreciate for reading this post.



Weekly News Digest @SilverlightZone - 17-April-2011 to 23-April-2011

Here we have the weekly news digest of Silverlight-Zone.com. In this week, we have accumulated many posts (52) on Silverlight and Windows Phone 7. It's our effort to bring all good links for you, so that, you don't have to dig the internet for articles on the said technologies.

 

In this post find the most popular post of the week which were showcased in Silverlight-Zone.com. I appreciate everyone's contribution and support to Silverlight-Zone community. Thank you for your support all the time.


Weekly News Digest @SilverlightZone - 10-April-2011 to 16-April-2011

Here comes the Weekly Digest of Silverlight-Zone. This week was a great week. During the week Microsoft released a no. of products during the MIX11 event. Started with Visual Studio Async CTP Service Pack, Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview, Silverlight 5 Beta etc.

 

In this post find the most popular post of the week which were showcased in Silverlight-Zone.com. I appreciate everyone's contribution and support to Silverlight-Zone community. This is India's first only Silverlight portal.


Tips: How to use Gradient Color Picker in Expression Blend?

In this post, I am going to give a Tip of using Expression Blend to create a Gradient color from any color pattern. Sometime, you might have a color pattern that you have to use in your UI and don't know how to pick the exact color to your UI. This simple post will help you to understand it properly.

After reading this post, you will be able to pick any gradient color from a pattern and use as easily as 1-2-3. Hope, this will help you. Feedbacks are always appreciable.

Weekly News Digest @SilverlightZone - 03-April-2011 to 09-April-2011

In this post, I am going to share Top 5 posts of this week at Silverlight-Zone and the weekly digest of Daily News Headline. During this week top posts made by Michael Crump, Kunal Chowdhury, Paul Stovell, Dhanajay Kumar and Manas Patnaik. Good job guys. Read to find out the links.

 
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